Family tribute to smiley Jake

Jake Croft, who died aged just four after being  diagnosed with neuroblastoma
Jake Croft, who died aged just four after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma

The family of a four-year-old boy who died just two weeks after a cancer diagnosis are launching a fundraising drive in tribute to their ‘angel’.

Jake Croft fell ill in October and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which affects just 100 children a year.

He began chemotherapy on October 23 but died the following day.

Now the family have vowed to raise as much money as possible for Sheffield Children’s Hospital where Jake was treated.

His grandmother Karin McHardy is holding a family auction day at New Options gym, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, on April 18 – with goods up for grabs including an air hockey table, three mountain bikes and Wii games console.

She has been knitting Frozen-themed jumpers to sell to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity and donated toys and stationery.

Karin said: “From diagnosis to him passing away was just two weeks and one day. But we were grateful for how the staff cared for Jakey during his short illness.

“Their caring thoughtfulness left an indelible mark on our family.”

She added: “We have all been left devastated by his passing. He was such a smiley, caring boy who touched so many people.

“You wouldn’t believe that a four-year-old could have made such an impact, but he did. He was our angel, always laughing, always smiling.

“Even up until he had his chemo he had a smile on his face.

“That was just our Jakey.”

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